I am just wondering if this has happened to anybody else.
I have moderate copd (diagnosed February) and was unfortunate enough to have an exacerbation, due to a cold, just before we were due to fly to Greece for our holiday. My GP told me I could not fly, so we had to cancel our trip. At that time, the GP advised me I should stay in this country until a year after I had given up smoking ... OK.
I presumed that he meant that I shouldn't fly for a year after giving up smoking - so we have arranged a driving holiday in France next year.
This morning I had to see the GP about another matter and I told him that I had been nervous in the waiting room, in case anybody had a cold (had to wait over an hour) and he said, quite nastily, that they probably were thinking what an awful smell, because I'm a smoker! Then he asked if I'd given up - and I said, no, that I was waiting until I was totally ready, or (after 50 years of smoking) I was bound to fail. He said that he hoped I hadn't gone booking any holidays abroad - so I told him that, yes, we were going to France next year. Not flying. He flew off the handle, saying that he had told me not to go abroad - and that he had it written in his notes. He could not sign another travel insurance form, in the event of another claim, as he had advised me not to travel.
So where do I stand here? I cannot even take out travel insurance, because they always ask if you've been advised not to travel. But why have I been advised not to travel? Because I have copd? Because I have a chance of an infection? Because I smoke? What if I never give up smoking? Does that mean I can never go abroad again? This is all so depressing, especially as I realise that many folk with copd, even those on oxygen, go on holiday, with the blessing and assistance of their GPs.
So, I cannot take out insurance. But I am loathe to give up yet another family holiday, 'in case' I get an infection? (I would've gone on holiday this year, if I hadn't had to fly!) I think we could probably manage with the EHIC cards (they do cover for pre-existing conditions), but, even with those, perhaps they won't refund any fees if a doctor has advised you not to travel? I feel as though I'm being blackmailed into giving up smoking. Of course, it's the right thing to do - but this disease is not going to diseappear even if I didn't smoke - so the risk of infection will remain for the rest of my life. This condition is depressing enough, without feeling like a prisoner with shackles on your ankles.
I just don't know what to do.